6 Steps To Writing Your Best Novel Yet
Writing a novel can be an emotional journey. With the figurative ups and downs in your novel as well as the literal ones you experience writing it. Talking with our authors we have been able to pin point a Six step process that is essential to writing a great novel.
1. Contemplating. Contemplate on your idea. Take notes and understand your main character. Secondary characters will come as you write and may even surprise you. However, you should know your main character and know what it is you want them to accomplish through out the story.
2. Create a Schedule. Writing a novel is made up of two different compartments. One compartment you have complete control over while the other you do not. The first compartment is mostly connected with step one, Creativity in which you have complete and utter control. On the contrary the other crucial compartment in novel writing is called The System. Included in The System category would be editing, formatting, cover design, more editing and so on and so fourth. (If you haven’t yet checked out our publishing services you can do so HERE )
So create a schedule that will help keep your goals on track. If you want to turn your manuscript in within six months you can start by diving the word count by the days you have to write and schedule writing into your calendar. It doesn’t matter how you create a schedule it only matters that you do.
3. Point of View: Who is reading your book? Decide this before diving in because changing the point of view can be not only difficult and timely but confusing enough to where you have a different story all said and done.
4. Plot and Conflict. Now that you understand your main character make a simple outline to help guide the main character through the story. This will lead right to the next step, character development, because conflict will arise as you introduce new characters.
5. Character Development. This process can be long and ever changing. As your novel unwinds so do your characters. Your first draft should be focused on the plot and dialogue making sure your story makes sense and you aren’t getting caught up in details. As you move through that first draft began to make decisions about each of your characters and as you go back as a second draft adding more characterization and details will take your writing from a story to a novel.
6. Starting. Now go back to your small outline you made for plot and conflict and start a scene. It doesn’t even need to be the beginning of the novel but have a clear understanding of what you would like to accomplish in that scene. Some scenes are fillers the give information to the audience while others tackle a bigger issue at hand. Knowing the purpose of the scene will help you stay on the right path during the writing process.
Using these six steps can help you through those ups and downs. Believe it or not next thing you know you’ll have one heck of a story!
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